17 April 2015


THIS WEEK/NEXT WEEK is a short + sweet, all-quadrants look at what went down and what's coming up in the city (and general links of interest to the creative communities at large), pulled from what Y-O-U are tagging to the #aCreativeDC feed + beyond. 
FOOD + STUFF. From the #aCreativeDC feed: love the new patio table (tagged by @furcafe) and Meats & Foods by Kelly Towles ; above, THAT SAUSAGE THO.

AND THIS WEATHER THO. Farmer's Market season kicked off for the Mount Pleasant neighborhood last week (and starts in Brookland tomorrow – see below). For a full list of DC Farmer's Markets click here (that published in 2014, so double-chee before you leave the house) – go get your 80º Saturday, guys. SUNSHINE STATE.

RE: BROOKLAND. The Bike Rack & Filter Coffee spot opens Saturday on the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market; it coincides with the first Historic Brookland Farmer's Market of the year. If you're heading over that day you should swing through Wild Hand! We're having an open house at the studio from 9:30 – 1:30 and would love to see you there.

STAND TALL. Public speaking tips + interview advice via The Coveteur: "Never apologize in an interview for skills you are still learning, just say you are still learning because most people are.” Word.

MUSIC. Ayescold dropped The Freezer Vol. 2, and you can Get To Know HIGHWAY Magazine at WAMU's bandwidth.

END OF THE ROAD + ONE NIGHT ONLY. Just a few more weeks to catch "Confluence: Considering the Anacostia" at Vivid Solutions Gallery (four photographers capturing different viewpoints of the Anacostia River) + on Sunday night Hierarchy DC is open for GLOSSRAGS' one year anniversary (with live-painting by @somewearmasks).

MORE GOOD TIMES: The Impossible Cool nailed it this week with a one, two punch: Sam Cooke and Jack Nicholson.



15 April 2015


A Creative DC is a weekly series showcasing all aspects of a creative lifestyle in the District. The city's full and part-time doers and makers, how + where they live, gather, and create, and what they do, make, and notice. For more about the project click here. Follow along here at Panda Head and at @aCreativeDC on Instagram, and hashtag your own DC lifestyle with #aCreativeDC. Your life looks good here.

Sill Life is a line of one-of-a-kind terrariums, handmade in the District by founder/owner Holley Simmons. I count Holley as a friend (we're in the same book club!), and I especially count her as part of DC's creative class. In this city of intense work ethics it's not completely unusual for a side hustle to look + feel as legit as a day job, and while a large percentage of those day jobs don't necessarily fall into the creative realm, Holley's – as Dining editor of The Washington Post Express – does. In addition to reporting on what's up-and-coming, re: FOOD in the Nation's capitol, she spends her downtime moments sourcing cacti + succulents, teaching classes, and contributing her own, exceptionally reportable vibes to the creative fabric of the city. With an Earth Day Terrarium workshop coming up at West Elm DC on 4/22 and commercial installations both in pocket and still TBA, Sill Life is a side project I've got all eyes on.

"I grew up in Toms River, NJ, and I've lived in D.C. for a little over three years. This is my second time living in the District: I moved here after college in 2007 and then bounced around to Phoenix, San Francisco and New York before realizing I missed D.C. and moved back in 2012."

What's the scope of the Sill Life project, and how did it start?
I'm very thrifty (read: cheap), so when I went to buy a terrarium a few years ago I balked at the expensive price tag. I did a ton of research, ignored most of it because the materials experts suggested were expensive, and killed a bunch of them because of that. I finally sucked it up and started doing things the right way, and - shocker! - the terrariums started flourishing.  Right now my main focus is classes. I've hosted workshops both small (couples looking for dinner-and-a-movie alternatives) and large (a team-building event for 30+ employees). I'm also ramping up my commercial work - so, doing the greenery for local office buildings, hotels and restaurants. Shout out to Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury for being my very first customer. 

Fave terrarium materials? 
If you're friends with me, you're getting a terrarium as a gift at some point. My favorite add-ons are items that represent a shared experience or memory with the recipient. When a friend of mine got engaged, I went to New York for her bridal shower. During my visit, I collected stones along our walks through the city (she knows me well enough to just not ask ...) and then used them to build her and her husband a terrarium. 
The short answer: Dinosaurs painted gold. 
"My terrariums (Audrey, Katie, etc) are all named after very special women in my life. Each container reflects their personalities (Audrey is cute, Mallory is unpredictable.) And the Rosemary is named after my grandma, who is my best friend in the world. I put that one in a more classic, timeless container because the woman is a fucking dame."

You cover lifestyle, food, and culture in DC. What one or two things/places/people going on right now are you especially excited about? 
The food scene in Shaw is about to erupt. By the end of this year (fingers-crossed) we're going to see new projects from some really exciting names, including The Dabney from Jeremiah Langhorne, another ramen shop from the Daikaya team, a concept from Tim Ma of Maple Ave, a frigging pizza place from the Red Hen and Boundary Stone crews, and a restaurant from Neighborhood Restaurant Group...I also think food incubators like Union Kitchen and Mess Hall deserve a tip of the chef's hat for giving aspiring chefs a platform to make, market and sell their products. It's hard to imagine what food producers did before these types of facilities existed.

After the jump: Holley's creative career path, a few Spring greenery tips, and MORE. GO GREEN.

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14 April 2015


A quick intro to Sloane Dakota Tucker – a fine art photography major at GW/The Corcoran, I'm thrilled to have her interning as part of team Panda Head for the next couple of months! She'll be jumping in on client work and assisting with projects-in-general, and I'm excited about using some bandwidth here to showcase our behind-the-scenes as she captures them.

From the top, imagery from Mutiny DC's Spring preview party, street-styling client work with Violet Boutique, and lyric sheets from our A Creative DC: sweetgreen in schools shoot. All photos Sloane Dakota Tucker!